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Old 30th December 2007, 03:27 PM
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Inputting Japanese

Though it would be useful to start a thread providing information on inputting of Japanese Text. If you have information please post. If you merely have opinion then please keep them to yourself.

I will start the ball rolling by introducing the Input Method Editors. This was an extra bolt on piece of software that was required to be over-layed on your Operating System. This was incorporated into Windows 2000 and XP so you no longer required specialist software to input Japanese Characters into Windows. I guess you will all now turn around and inform that Apple got there a decade before?

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ie/...e/default.mspx

Also I can confirm the following:

December 1991

Acceptance of Han Unification 1.0 from CJK-JRG. Validation of final proposal at Apple. Distributed the UniHan 1.0 database.

Apple, Metaphor, Digital pulled together to print DIS 1.2.

http://unicode.org/history/

Also the first efforts to put Japanese Characters onto computers were launched by IBM in the 1960's. I guess Microsoft have a reasonable excuse for not being in the Vanguard on that one!

http://csdl2.computer.org/persagen/D...9/MAHC.2005.10

and this is where we were up to in 1990.

The Japanese were inventing the Scratch Pad Computers!

http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpag...50C0A966958260

LEAD: More than a decade into the personal computer revolution, tens of millions of people are still far more comfortable scribbling on a pad than typing on a computer keyboard. And few countries are more keyboard-phobic than Japan, where the enormous complexities of entering 7,000 Chinese-based ideographs into a personal computer have left offices shockingly unautomated.

More than a decade into the personal computer revolution, tens of millions of people are still far more comfortable scribbling on a pad than typing on a computer keyboard. And few countries are more keyboard-phobic than Japan, where the enormous complexities of entering 7,000 Chinese-based ideographs into a personal computer have left offices shockingly unautomated.

Now, a few computer makers here are beginning to sell computers with a simple solution to the problem: They get rid of keyboards altogether.

In what may be a glimpse of computing's future, the Sony Corporation and Canon Inc. have begun to sell notebook-size machines that allow users to write on a touch-sensitive screen with a pen. Their writing is converted, not quite instantly, into neat rows of glowing computer type, which can be intermingled with careful electronic sketches or digitized doodles, then printed out in type just as is done on an ordinary personal computer.

A New Way to Communicate

The battery-operated machines -some call them ''pen computers,'' others ''stylus systems'' or ''smart paper'' - cost from $500 to $2,300, and so far they are available only in Japan, where makers say the need is greatest. They still have their share of annoying technical glitches, chiefly mistakes in reading handwriting, and a host of Japanese and American companies are scurrying to improve the technology....
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Re: Inputting Japanese

Interesting stuff. It always amazes me that population's computer habits take a long time to change, but in the long term, they do change.
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Re: Inputting Japanese

Well it is clearly a subject that has exercised Verisign even if the majority of members here are indifferent.

http://www.verisign.com/static/002531.pdf


This is an interesting blog on the subject:

http://www.kgwagner.com/sethness/JapaneseKeyboard/
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